I am deeply disappointed in the decision made by the state Supreme Court, and I share the frustration of Minnesota’s voters. At the core of our democracy lies two concrete principles: No valid vote should go uncounted and all votes should be treated equally. Sadly, those principles were not adhered to during this election.
While I would have proudly stood behind Norm Coleman had he chosen to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, I know that his decision to withdraw from this race was not an easy one, but one that he felt was the best decision for the people of Minnesota. For the last six years, Norm represented the people of Minnesota with distinction, earning a much deserved reputation as one of the hardest-working members of Congress. I, on behalf of all Republicans, thank him for his service and will miss his leadership in Washington.
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
I chuckled when I first read this morning, and am still chuckling as I type it, that Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee is "deeply disappointed" in the decision made by the state Supreme Court of Minnesota that will finally see the Democrat candidate Al Franken take his place in Washington as a Senator. Just cast your mind back to the initial election of George W. Bush in 2000 and the counting of the Florida vote as you read these comments of Mr Steele and you should see a funny side yourself:
Posted by Richard Farmer at 19:41